You know how he says, “In the time of my favour I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation. – 2 Corinthians 6:2

The season of Lent leads us into an ever deepening relationship with God. Lent invites us to explore, with Jesus our friend, the attitudes, the hurts, the grudges, past situations, past relationships, addictions, and so on, that have filled up our lives and prevented us from hanging out with God. Sometimes these things occupy valuable space in our lives and prevent us from moving forward. Jesus, in Lent, wants to help us bring them before God so that we can let them go and in so doing re-enter the place of truth where we can reclaim our identity.

God desires our friendship! We experience the life and love that God offers us when we open our hearts to an ever deepening friendship in which there are no pretences and no secrets.

This sacred time is an invitation to a renewed friendship with the God who loves you – no matter who you are, where you come from, what you have done or failed to do. This is, as the Letter to the Corinthians tells us, “the acceptable time” in which God desires to listen to us. Lent is the “favourable time” to form a friendship like no other we will ever experience.

Thisreflection is taken from Deepening Friendship with God: Daily Reflections for Lent

By Anthony Egan SJ, Trevor Hudson, Russell Pollitt SJ

Available from the Jesuit Institute at


Lord I ask for the grace to truly use this Lenten season to open my heart to your love.